Tegula pellisserpentis

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Tegula pellisserpentis
Tegula pellisserpentis 005.jpg
Drawing with an apertural view of a shell of Tegula pellisserpentis
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Clade: Vetigastropoda
Superfamily: Trochoidea
Family: Tegulidae
Genus: Tegula (gastropod)
Species: T. pellisserpentis
Binomial name
Tegula pellisserpentis
(Wood, 1828) [1]
  • Chlorostoma pellisserpentis (Wood, 1828)
  • Tegula elegans Lesson, 1832
  • Trochus pellis-serpentis Wood, 1828 (original description)
  • Trochus strigillatus Anton

Tegula pellisserpentis, common name the serpent-tongue tegula, is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Tegulidae,.[2][3]


The size of the shell varies between 15 mm and 45 mm. The very thick, solid and heavy, imperforate shell has a conical and elevated shape. Its color is yellowish or pinkish, marked with narrow angular patches or interrupted longitudinal oblique stripes of black. The spire is strictly conical. The apex is acute. The sutures are linear. The eight whorls are encircled by weakly granose lirae, separated by narrow impressed lines. The periphery is nearly smooth. The base of the shell is smooth or lirate, and eroded in front of the oblique aperture. The outer lip is thick within, smooth, bevelled to an edge. The oblique columella bears in the middle a heavy tubercle, and is at the base less prominently toothed.[4]


This species occurs in the Pacific Ocean from El Salvador to Colombia.


  1. ^ Wood, Ind. Test. Suppl, t. 5, f. 4.
  2. ^ a b Bouchet, P. (2012). Tegula pellisserpentis (Wood, 1828). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=413468 on 2012-09-01
  3. ^ Williams S.T., Karube S. & Ozawa T. (2008) Molecular systematics of Vetigastropoda: Trochidae, Turbinidae and Trochoidea redefined. Zoologica Scripta 37: 483–506.
  4. ^ Tryon (1889), Manual of Conchology XI, Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia (described as Chlorostoma pellisserpentis)

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